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house Bill H.R. 2054

Should News Organizations Get a Temporary Anti-Trust Exemption to Negotiate Collectively With Facebook and Google?

Argument in favor

Facebook and Google have gobbled up the advertising dollars that used to go to traditional news outlets, such as newspapers. The loss of this critical revenue has decimated newsrooms, affecting the quality of news coverage across the U.S. Allowing publishers to collectively negotiate with Facebook and Google is the only way to ensure they get a fair share of the ad revenue on these platforms.

Lexpost's Opinion
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04/23/2019
Local newspapers are vital to the thousands of small and midsized towns across America. Without the local newspaper, between work and family, most people have no ability to hold their local government to account. The local press is NOT “The enemy of the people”. It is the best available means for the people to know the government that affects their day to day life the most. The best.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/23/2019
A bipartisan bill. Astonishing. I support that. Hector’s comment explains it best in the first two lines.
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doingmypart's Opinion
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04/24/2019
The blind tRump followers seem to have issues with having good honest quality news. They feel that Faux News and Sinclair media produce enough propaganda to meet their consumption. On the other hand, the rest of us want an ethical robust expansion of our existing news media outlets.
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Argument opposed

This bill would allow publishers to collude and exert undue influence, giving the news industry an unfair break that no other industry enjoys. It’s unfair to give one industry a break from anti-trust laws when all other for-profit businesses — including tech companies like Facebook and Google — are bound by anti-trust laws.

Joe's Opinion
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04/23/2019
How about we enforce monopoly laws preventing Facebook and others from gobbling up smaller platforms preventing competition and limiting choice.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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04/24/2019
I’m going to have to go with no on this. It’s not that this is not a problem, it’s that this isn’t the right solution. It would be more effective to pass laws similar to the fairness doctrine that the FCC used to use before Ronald Reagan destroyed that. The rise of Fox News and all of the crazy bias came about after the destruction of the fairness doctrine that made the news tell the truth. So it would be better to insist that our press tell the truth in a balanced fashion, rather than continue the echo chamber effect. Also it would be better to break up the Facebook and Google monopoly’s. Those companies are not good for a democracy and they are controlling our national narrative in a way that is unhealthy.
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Ronald's Opinion
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04/23/2019
This bill is a farce, the news industry is a farce, the election of Trump has caused these phony’s to reveal their true face and character
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
    IntroducedApril 3rd, 2019
    Local newspapers are vital to the thousands of small and midsized towns across America. Without the local newspaper, between work and family, most people have no ability to hold their local government to account. The local press is NOT “The enemy of the people”. It is the best available means for the people to know the government that affects their day to day life the most. The best.
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    How about we enforce monopoly laws preventing Facebook and others from gobbling up smaller platforms preventing competition and limiting choice.
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    I’m going to have to go with no on this. It’s not that this is not a problem, it’s that this isn’t the right solution. It would be more effective to pass laws similar to the fairness doctrine that the FCC used to use before Ronald Reagan destroyed that. The rise of Fox News and all of the crazy bias came about after the destruction of the fairness doctrine that made the news tell the truth. So it would be better to insist that our press tell the truth in a balanced fashion, rather than continue the echo chamber effect. Also it would be better to break up the Facebook and Google monopoly’s. Those companies are not good for a democracy and they are controlling our national narrative in a way that is unhealthy.
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    A bipartisan bill. Astonishing. I support that. Hector’s comment explains it best in the first two lines.
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    This bill is a farce, the news industry is a farce, the election of Trump has caused these phony’s to reveal their true face and character
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    The blind tRump followers seem to have issues with having good honest quality news. They feel that Faux News and Sinclair media produce enough propaganda to meet their consumption. On the other hand, the rest of us want an ethical robust expansion of our existing news media outlets.
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    Hell No! FB is already run by a Facist!
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    Is this actually in consideration? Wow. Our founding fathers are turning over in their graves
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    Another piece of useless legislation. Where is a bill to vote on that actually does something good for We The People or is that too much to ask?
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    Destroying our newsrooms is a crime. Level the playing field.
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    Put the fairness act back! We cannot have a country where lies are the norm. Not in my reality, at least! To continue on this path of lies and alternate facts is unconscionable on all levels, People! How can we exist when the truth is whatever comes out of your mouth, with little or no accountability? This is not sustainable in a truly, democratic society. How anyone can believe otherwise is beyond me!
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    Collective bargaining is a good thing Much caution is needed when dealing with social media platforms
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    Collective Bargaining is the only realistic way to deal with the monopolies of Facebook and Google. The fact that it is bipartisan is good to see! This bill is a must pass.
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    This would help give balance to Google and Facebook’s monopoly. Breaking up Google and Facebook’s monopoly would be the ideal, but until that can be done this is a way to make sure quality journalism is not suppressed or extinguished. A democracy depends on ethical quality journalism and must be protected.
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    No. From my perspective having a journalism degree and background; the current dissemination of the news is woefully inadequate and terribly biased. It is the responsibility of journalists to report news factually and without bias so the listener can make their own informed decisions. News outlets are not to sensationalize events, demonize individuals, and report bias and opinions as fact. All of this is what is exemplified by the mainstream media. It is fake news! Journalists are to work for factual information and not disrespect those they interview regardless if they have polar opposite opinions or hate the individual. The media is not to report in a manner that incites individuals to violence to create more negative news. The mainstream media has done this al for ratings. The mainstream media has let the American people down and have done a great disservice to this country. There are probably some small media outlets who report factually and without bias, but for sure, I can recommend One America News Network. Unfortunately, some cable companies do not carry this news source which also tells one that there is a bias among the cable company and they own some news networks and tell them how to report. This is also very corrupt.
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    Facebook should be heavily regulated. They no longer serve the greater good.
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    Not that I’m a big fan of Facebook and Google in any way, but this bill is a little disturbing. Why are media companies working with politicians in order to benefit themselves? The point of the media is to challenge the powerful and our politicians by questioning what they say and do. Allowing media companies, some of whom which benefit from this legislation are not very small such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, to be exempt from anti-Trust laws for a certain period of time throws that separation between our politicians and the media into question. Companies like Facebook, should instead be regulated like public utilities. Their role in the dissemination of information has simply become to large for them to just be regulated as just private companies.
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    Extremely bad idea!
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    I support the right to collectively bargain
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    The "News" is losing money because we have no faith in them.
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